McLeish - Cuellar could leave

Villa boss remains hopeful Rangers will sign defender

Cuellar: Future remains wrapped up in uncertainty

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Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish maintains that Carlos Cuellar could still leave the club despite Rangers raising concern over the fitness of the defender.

The Scottish giants are keen to re-sign the 29-year-old but Cuellar is currently recovering from a knee problem, and the Glasgow-based club are reluctant to bring him back to Ibrox just yet.

At the weekend Rangers manager Ally McCoist admitted that he is having second thoughts of signing the Spaniard, but McLeish remains hopeful that the transfer will finally go through.

"Carlos is a very good experienced player," the Villa boss told The Express & Star. "I think Rangers have gone cold on the idea so, as far as we are concerned, he is a Villa player.

"He is a solid defender and did a tremendous job for Rangers when he was up there in his first spell. He is a terrific defender and is very experienced cover.

"He is not far away from running, so he is maybe a week or two away from joining the group. Will he still be here in a fortnight? I can't predict that.

"We just have to get on with things and keep plugging away to get results."

Villa started their Premier League season with a goalless away draw with Fulham at the weekend and are at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.